President Trump journeyed to Capitol Hill this evening to meet with House Republican legislators behind closed doors in advance of this week's votes on GOP compromise immigration bills, amid growing discontent over the administration's policy of separating families at the border.
Schumer said with most Americans against family separations, it's Republicans "feeling the heat on this issue, and that's why they're squirming".
Trump says he would back both US House immigration bills as separation crisis grows. "This is a very challenging issue, very controversial". And keep in mind the big switch came about after Trump policies on keeping terrorists out of the U.S.by banning travel from Muslim-majority countries sort of fell by the wayside.
At the federal courthouse in McAllen on Monday, some among the estimated 80 immigrants preparing to plead guilty on immigration charges asked the judge questions such as, "What's going to happen to my daughter?" and "What will happen to my son?"
Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, the Republican chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said he wants to do away with a legal settlement that requires the government to release children from custody and to their parents, adult relatives or other caretakers, in order of preference.
"That burden lies with their parents who knowingly put them in this position", Perkins said in a statement. "It's all within our power, and people have to overcome their desire to preserve an issue to campaign on".
But even after the meeting, it was unclear whether Trump favored that bill over a more hardline measure supported by conservatives. Last month the Trump administration started prosecuting all immigrants who attempt to illegally cross the border, resulting in children being separated from their parents who undergo criminal prosecution. "Because their bill would basically make children at the border a get into the United States free ticket and a get out of jail free ticket".
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As the immigration policy looms large in the national consciousness, border-state lawmakers are feeling the pressure from constituents who are outraged that children are being separated from their parents.
"It was great", he said.
The explicit demand comes as Congress is trying to find a deal that is unrelated - at least in theory - to reunite children separated from their parents along the U.S-Mexican border, and it was not well received.
Top conservatives, including key allies of the president, have also announced they are introducing bills to stop the administration's "zero-tolerance" approach to illegal border crossings.
Earlier Tuesday some of the president's key supporters warned him against embracing the bill. He said the USA has the worst immigration laws in the world.
"We're going to present, after we get sort of buy-in from our Republican Conference, to our Democratic colleagues to say this is a simple, straightforward solution that doesn't carry with it a lot of the baggage that usually drags down immigration reform", the Texas Republican told reporters Tuesday. He said Democrats should come to the table to come to an agreement on immigration legislation. Separating children from their parents contradicts everything we stand for as pediatricians - protecting and promoting children's health.
"She says 'I promise I will be really good". To refer to them as animals or insects is to foster hate.
GOP leaders plan two votes later this week.
After congressional Republicans worked closely with White House staff to negotiate the compromise bill, Trump took to Twitter on Friday to bash it, sparking confusion among Republicans in Congress who thought the bill would have the President's support.